Who is Judy Mikovits, and what does she have to do with Anthony Fauci and the coronavirus?
An almost 30-minute clip from a movie titled “The Plandemic” has taken to social media and has been taken down by YouTube in the past few days.
It is the latest coronavirus-related topic that has put the internet in a divided rage.
The film introduces Dr. Judy Mikovits, and she is identified there as a molecular biologist and medical researcher. Many media have also described her as an anti-vaccination activist, but she says in the film that she is not, RepublicWorld reports.
“The Plandemic,” a 25-minute clip from an upcoming documentary, was pulled from YouTube this week for breaking the rules of the Google-owned video site. Community rules. The video centered on Dr Judy Mikovits, a former chronic fatigue researcher who claims the federal government is behind a “scourge of corruption” to inflate profits from a potential vaccine even as COVID- 19 threatens lives.
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Below we try to answer a few key questions asked by viewers:
What is “the plandemia”?
It’s actually not just the coronavirus, but also Mikovits’ vaccinations and life. A PRWire press release promoting the film which was distributed by The Associated Press describes it as follows (references to ‘her’ refer to Mikovits):
“When she was part of the research community that turned HIV-AIDS from a deadly disease into a manageable disease, she saw science at its best. diseases, such as autism and chronic fatigue syndrome, she has seen science at its worst.
“If his suspicions are correct, we envision a complete realignment of scientific practice, including the way we study and treat human disease. Recounting his nearly four decades in science, including his more than thirty-five year collaboration with Dr. Frank Ruscetti, one of the founders of the field of human retrovirology, here is a behind-the-scenes look at issues and egos. that will determine the future health of mankind.
Why is Judy Mikovits called a controversial researcher?
According to Science, Mikovits would have detected a “Infectious retrovirus, XMRV, in blood cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome”, but in 2011, no other lab or scientist could replicate the results.
“Scientiste published online a study of nine laboratories widely regarded as the coup de grace to theory, defended by Mikovits and his colleagues in October 2009 Science paper, that a recently detected mouse retrovirus could play a causal role in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) ”, the point of sale wrote in 2011.
“A letter in the same number Science of one of the laboratories contributing to the 2009 report revealed that a contamination had marred its contribution: the detection by PCR and the sequencing of the mouse virus, called XMRV. Mikovits and his colleagues defended the validity of the remainder of the study, known as Lombardi et al., which detected the virus by several other methods, so Science posted a rare partial retraction of the original article. “
A full retraction was then issued, according to Snopes.
What does Anthony Fauci have to do with this?
According to Snopes, Mikovits claims that Fauci, who is currently on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and continues to be the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, once threatened her with arrest if she was going to the National Institutes of Health to participate in one to validate her research on chronic fatigue. Fauci denies ever saying such a thing, as he said to Snopes:
“I don’t know what she’s talking about. I can categorically state that I have never sent such an email to Dr Ruscetti. I have asked my IT people here at NIH to search all of my emails and no such email exists. That said, I would never make such a statement in an email that anyone “would be immediately arrested” if they set foot on NIH property.
Has Judy Mikovits been arrested?
Yes she was, according to Science. A 2011 article from the publication states:
Lois Hart, one of Mikovits’ attorneys, says her client is being held for extradition to Reno, Nevada, in connection with a civil suit against it filed by the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI). Mikovits worked as a research director at WPI, a non-profit organization in Reno, for 2 years until she was fired by its president, Annette Whittemore, on September 29. On November 4, WPI filed a lawsuit against Mikovits, alleging that she had wrongly kept her lab notebooks and other information about her work for the fledgling institute on her laptop, in USB drives and in an account. personal messaging. A preliminary injunction in the case is expected to be issued by the Nevada Second District court on November 22. That same day, Mikovits has a hearing in Ventura County, Calif., Where she can challenge the extradition, Hart says.
According to MyNews4.com, Mikovits surrendered to authorities at the end of November 2011 and was released the same day. The charges were dropped in 2012, by Science, who wrote the following at the time:
“Assistant District Attorney John Helzer, who filed the termination, said Whittemore’s legal issues were factored into his decision. “There’s a lot going on with the federal government and the different levels that was not happening when we first got involved in the prosecution of this case,” Helzer said. “And we have witness issues that arose. “
Why are people sharing the music video for “The Plandemic”?
Obviously, some people find it to be true and therefore share it for this reason, while others share it to dispute parts or all of the clip.
The MIT Technology Review team writes:
“Vaccine campaigners are particularly good at getting views on virtually any social application,” says Renee DiResta, a researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory who fights against this type of misinformation. “They’re on all social platforms, even TikTok,” “If they can create content that people will find if they search for a specific term, they’ll invest the time. “
You can read this full report here.
Can I still watch it?
The answer to that question seems to be changing by the minute: While some report it’s still searchable on Facebook, others claim it’s not. And, although reports say YouTube deleted it, there also appear to be third-party recordings of the original clip which are now uploaded to the popular video site.
Author’s Note: This story has been updated to include Mikovit’s response in the immunization movie and also to add the titles listed for her in the movie.